“Pride of the fleet” returns to WPYR Railroad

“Pride of the fleet” returns to WPYR Railroad

White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad welcomed the #73 steam locomotive back into service in Skagway this month. "Watch you ears!" shouts engineer Jim Hamilton, as he toots the horn on the #73 steam engine. Hamilton has been an engineer for White Pass for decades. He...

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HEDC braces for state budget cuts

HEDC braces for state budget cuts

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes affect the way the Haines Economic Development Corporation is plans for the future. The Haines Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit tasked with planning to develop local economic resilience and grow the economy. At a...

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Sales tax return is Haines are down

The governor’s vetoes have dominated the conversation about the economy lately. As the economic burden shifts from the state to local governments, incoming revenue gains new significance, but tax returns in Haines were lackluster this last quarter. Sales taxes from...

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Newscast – July 22, 2019

Historian Anjuli Grantham discusses the history of Southeast Alaska canneries; The Haines Borough Assembly advances several ballot questions for the October municipal election

Newscast – July 19, 2019

Skagway offers the Borough Manager position to Haines Public Facilities Director Brad Ryan and "the pride of the fleet" returns to White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad in Skagway.

Newscast – July 18, 2019

Southeast Alaska Pilots Association addresses concerns about docking cruise ships during fuel deliveries to Skagway; This week's Lynn Canal commercial fishing numbers show chum catch is up while pinks and sockeye are down; Funding for climate change research at the...

Newscast – July 17, 2019

Haines Borough Manager responds to reductions in ferry service; ADEC approves waste management permit for tunnel excavation at the Plamer Project.

Newscast – July 16, 2019

Haines Borough Police Chief negotiates new contract; Haines Borough sales tax revenue down; Haines Economic Development Corporation re-examines future goals amid governor's cuts.

Newscast – July 15, 2019

The Alaska Marine Highway System released a draft schedule with dramatic reductions in winter service and permitting delays slow progress on the Palmer Project near Haines.

Newscast – July 12, 2019

Haines residents rally for king salmon and Haines-based Foundroot is a finalist for a regional small business award.

Newscast – July 11, 2019

Haines Head Start at risk of losing funding if governor's vetoes are upheld; Skagway Borough Assembly requests a second appraisal of its tidelands from Horan and Co.

Newscast – July 10, 2019

Legislators representing the Upper Lynn Canal vote to override Governor Mike Dunleavy’s vetoes and the Haines Borough is asking the community for solutions to low salmon counts.

Newscast – July 9, 2019

Governor vetos funding for internet at public libraries; Two Haines Borough Assemblymen propose including borough-wide police service question on municipal ballot.

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Henry Leasia

Henry Leasia


Henry Leasia is a reporter from Portland, Oregon. He first caught the radio bug after starting a live storytelling show/podcast called It’s a Wise Child with some friends at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Since graduating in 2016 he’s produced a show about non-profits for, worked as a production assistant for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s weekday talk show Think Out Loud and most recently reported as a newsroom intern for Alaska Public Media in Anchorage. Outside of the newsroom, he spends time skateboarding, practicing Spanish and making music.

Claire Stremple is a radio and print journalist from the San Francisco Bay Area who has reported on everything from hot dogs to the opioid crisis. Claire is the 2018 Solutions Journalism Health Fellow. Previously, she was a producer and mentor for KALW’s Oakland Voices Community Journalism Project, and a resident at the Mesa Refuge. Her work has been featured on public radio stations throughout California and on NPR.